“I give you peace, the kind of peace only I can give. It isn’t like the peace this world can give. So, don’t be worried or afraid.”
– John 14:27
How has it been for you these past weeks? Stressful? Quiet? Busy? Exciting? Loud? The list could go on, and on any given day you can be feeling ALL of these emotions. You name it! You or someone you know may not be having a peaceful time. I can’t say that I live in total peace, as there are still times when I let stress overcome and overwhelm me. Thankfully, I know the source of Peace! Jesus!
I chose peace in one of the most “stressful” times of my life, at least according to the world. I had just gotten engaged to my now-husband, and instantly (and I mean instantly) people would ask “so when is the date” or “do you have a venue yet” and if you have planned a wedding you know what I am talking about. After a few days of this, I remember talking to my fiancé and telling him that I didn’t want any of our time preparing for marriage to be stressful not even the wedding day. We prayed every day over our planning, our lives, and the wedding. From making the decision that day to live in peace and even up to our wedding day, I can’t recall any stressful moments. The wedding day was pure bliss! Thinking back on the day, I was so relaxed and saw the evidence of how the Lord blessed our every step.
There was one of slight panic when I saw my almost-husband playing in the yard outside of the venue with his groomsmen, throwing a football around. He hit a table and almost knocked over a vase! I yelled down “Cut it out!” from the second-floor window and then went back to my relaxation of being pampered. In all honesty, I am confident that even if something had gone wrong, I wouldn’t have cared one bit. I was just happy to be marrying my best friend. Although this specific example of choosing peace might not relate to you, I know we all have moments in our lives when we have a choice to make: peace or stress. How will you respond?
When life is out of our hands, that is the exact opportunity to choose peace. I love the verse in John that says “I give you peace, the kind of peace only I can give. It isn’t like the peace this world can give. So, don’t be worried or afraid.” I want to encourage you to give up what is holding you back from living in peace with Jesus. We have access, every second of our day, to live the way Christ intended for us, and that is choosing Him.
We do not have to live in fear. What we need to do is: rely on Him to carry us when we can’t take another step; trust in Him to guide us in our next steps and ask Him to give us peace when the world around us is telling us to panic.
Pray for peace over your daily decisions and pray for peace in your family’s hearts. Pray to God to reveal the sin that is holding you back. Ask God to bring peace to your heart and to help you fix your eyes on Him. Ask for guidance and direction as you navigate stressful times now and in the future. Lastly, thank Jesus for the sacrifice He made for you to have the freedom and praise Him for the forgiveness He bought for us.
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